Headquartered in London, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Freshfields) is one of the largest and most prestigious multi-national law firms in the world. Seeking to minimise the firm’s environmental impact and support wellbeing, Freshfields relocated pre-pandemic to the 37 storey, 181m high tower at 100 Bishopsgate. Designers and creators of superior lighting products, LUMINO  provided high quality lighting for Freshfields in its new state-of-the-art office.

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, and now more than ever there is a real opportunity to make significant and long-lasting improvements in the workplace to enhance wellbeing for employees. Freshfields prides itself on creating a welcoming, supportive environment in which all can flourish; it was therefore essential for the expert project team comprising; 18 Degrees, LUMINO ISG and interior architect, ID:SR, to minimise the office’s environmental impact, support staff wellbeing and flexible working.

18 Degrees, an architectural lighting design studio, were appointed to design the lighting throughout the office. It was essential to accommodate different ages and staff preferences as well as natural light availability, while providing a seamless visual transition between the spaces. Over 300m of LUMINO’s V36s optic with an 18° beam was selected for wall washing to prevent shadows and defects on the wall. In addition, approximately 700 metres of LUMINO’s V20 compact linear lighting was specified throughout the office’s joinery, from refreshment areas to communal meeting hubs. All LUMINO products were supplied with colour core chips to deliver guaranteed colour consistency throughout.

Running on a renewable electricity tariff the building’s efficient installations, such as the LED system and associated controls, have helped the project achieve a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating and SKA Gold.

Chris Small, Sales Director at LUMINO comments: “We were thrilled to provide lighting for one of the world’s biggest law firms in a landmark building in Central London. Over the last year, flexible working has become the new norm and businesses have had to make significant adjustments to cater to the needs of their employees. Freshfields has gone above and beyond to create the perfect working environment for their employees, and it was fantastic to be involved in this process and be specified by 18 Degrees.”

Christopher Knowlton, Director at 18 Degrees adds: “It has been an honour and a privilege to work on such a high profile and exciting project. LUMINO played a pivotal role in the overall success of this project, and the support the team provided to the contractors and design team was seamless from start to finish.”

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